Good news for those drooling over chef Mohamed Cheikh’s recipes every week in “Top Chef” France. You can now taste his cuisine. As he has won the culinary show, he is at the head of a temporary restaurant this summer 2021 in Paris. Manzili restaurant opens until October 3, 2021 in the bucolic setting of the Jardin des Plantes.
Mohamed Cheikh has been teasing us on social networks for a while already, he was teasing us about the mysterious project that will keep him busy all summer 2021 long: a temporary restaurant.
It is ultimately groupe Bertrand (group dedicated to the food industry, already behind maison Angelina, restaurant La Coupole, or Brasserie Lipp for instance) that designed the temporary summer restaurant on their social networks earlier in May.
As a matter of fact, the restaurant Mohamed Cheikh is a wide terrace set in the middle of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris 5th arrondissement. A temporary restaurant for which the chef came up with a menu inspired by Mediterranean flavors.
Manzili means “my home” in literary Arabic, and aims at being a genuine place of life, a place of sharing where the chef will serve many dishes to share including – among others – seafood, and vegetarian recipes. Cheikh promises affordable rates as well.
To create the Mediterranean-inspired menu, Cheikh has sourced the best produces throughout France, Italy, and northern Africa. Enjoy sun-filled vegetables, rock fishes, and exquisite Sicilian pistachios.
Think of Manzili as a home with tasty dishes to share with your family or friends. The goal of this temporary restaurant? Making you feel good in a good atmosphere so you can have a great and tasty moment. This is a winning bet because conviviality and good food are there. We love the spicy king shrimp fritters, the lamb's shoulder with chermoula, the exquisite grilled squid and the taramasalata, the creamy and light mashed sweet potatoes, and the eggplant caviar. Everything is flavorful and is a genuine moment of sharing.
As a dessert, go for the very fresh Pavlova packed with many fruits, the mouthwatering Tiramisu or the excelleent Signature Nomade dessert some have discovered on TV.
Manzili opens non-stop 7 days a week, from lunch to dinner, depending on curfew. The afternoon, you will be able to sip on drinks, and enjoy a sweet menu for a snack. As for the evening, get lit with DJ sets from 7 p.m.
Manzili booking opens every week, do not miss it. But a few booking-free tables stay open for passersby but note first arrived first served.
This is not Cheikh’s first temporary project since he took part in “Top Chef”. For a week, he opened temporary restaurant Nomade in Paris, where – with Matthias Marc (another Top Chef contestant with whom he won a challenge) – they delivered the winning menu.
How about giving a go to the Jardin des Plantes this summer to enjoy Mohamed Cheikh’s cuisine at Manzili before or after a stroll in the park, while enjoying the Fragiles Colosses exhibition?
Dates and Opening Time
From 1 June 2021 to 3 October 2021
Jardin des plantes
Jardin des Plantes
75005 Paris 5
Accès par le 47 rue Cuvier dans le 5ème arrondissement